Myanmar eyes China’s trade plan for much-needed infrastructure, as crisis in Rakhine goes on

Minister for Construction U Win Khaing told the Asean and Asia Forum in Singapore on Thursday that his country needed to improve its infrastructure quickly to cope with the mass internal migration to its cities. The government had been in contact with various potential partners, including China and Japan, promoting Myanmar as a hub to […]

Developer brushes off concerns about Myotha Industrial Park

DEVELOPER Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development has brushed off human rights concerns and accusations in relation to the Myotha Industrial Park in Mandalay, while the International Federation for Human Rights argued that the process for the establishment of the park underscores the failure by the developer to conduct proper human rights due diligence. Tensions and confrontations […]

The Bumpy Relationship Between India and Myanmar

The relationship between Naypyidaw and Delhi is not smooth sailing, despite the recent visit of Myanmar military officers to India. Naypyidaw’s announcement about not setting up a trading zone at the Indian border, due to a lack of basic infrastructure and low trading volume, ends the series of negotiations between India and Myanmar for border […]

Myanmar Urged to Tap Alternative Energy

ALTHOUGH hydropower accounted for 62 per cent of Myanmar’s power production last year, the nation should focus on improving the use of renewable energy to meet its target of 100 per cent electrification by 2030, the Myanmar Green Energy Summit 2017 has been told. Dawn Del Rio, deputy country director of United Nations Development Programme […]

China Showers Myanmar With Attention, as Trump Looks Elsewhere

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — When Myanmar’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, wanted to hold a peace conference to end her country’s long-burning insurgencies, a senior Chinese diplomat went to work. The official assembled scores of rebel leaders, many with longstanding connections to China, briefed them on the peace gathering and flew them on a chartered […]

History Comes Alive in Yangon

PROGRESS is inevitable in Yangon, in a country just opening up and changing after Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years. Mass tourism may even set in, which prompted me to take a week-long holiday in the nation’s former capital before it is awash with tourists. In a frenzy […]

Myanmar’s remote Wa State suffers as fewer Chinese come to party

In a remote casino in northeastern Myanmar, China’s pervasive campaign against graft has taken its toll. Hundreds of local traders and farmers place petty bets as low as 10 cents, outnumbering a few Chinese who were once the VIPs of a gambling hall decorated with chandeliers and Renaissance-style paintings. “The business has been really bad […]

Remote Myanmar Gets Ready For Tourism Boom

​​ After a decades-long blanket ban on tourists, Kayah State in eastern Myanmar has opened up to the outside world. Travellers are pouring in to get a glimpse of its untouched beauty. As Pichayada Promchertchoo reports, the remote state is hoping to develop a tourist industry without losing its charm. LOIKAW, Myanmar: U La Yu is scraping […]

Drugs, Money and Wildlife in Myanmar’s Most Secret State

The remote Wa region of Shan state in Myanmar’s east is a place few outsiders have seen. The people who live in this unofficial, effectively autonomous state within Myanmar used to be called the Wild Wa, and as the BBC’s Jonah Fisher found, drugs, money and the wildlife trade are flourishing. Wa state is one […]

US restores GSP benefits to Myanmar

US president Barack Obama has signed a proclamation reinstating Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) eligibility for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme as of November 13, 2016. Since Myanmar is a least developed country (LDC), it will be able to export approximately 5,000 products to the US duty-free under this programme. The trade preference benefits were restored after […]